Apple may be working on headphones that double as loudspeakers, as revealed by the recent patent titled "Dual mode headphones and methods for constructing the same". US Patent Number 9,565,490 is dated February 7, 2017 and shows designs similar to current Beats headphones and EarPods. The difference is that flipping the speakers around converts them into amplified speakers for in-room listening.
The highly anticipated BeatsX earphones will officially launch on Friday, February 10. First announced in September, BeatsX feature Apple's wireless W1 chip. After several delays, Beats By Dre revealed the release date for the $150 accessory. The tweet didn't explain whether BeatsX would debut in additional countries at the end of this week.
Connecting standard 3.5mm headphones to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus requires a Lightning adapter. When news of the design change surfaced, speculation was rampant as to how much Apple would charge for such an adapter.
Yes, Lightning EarPods will work on devices with a Lightning connector. This means Lightning EarPods will work with older iPhones.
There is a software glitch affecting the Lighting EarPods that ship with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Some users have discovered that the volume control dongle stops working after leaving their EarPods plugged into the Lightning port of their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. The bug stops users from adjusting the volume of their music, and does not allow them to access Siri or answer calls while wearing their EarPods.